|This year’s Annual Meeting closed with the President’s Dinner, where awards and medals were given to honorees and new leadership stepped up to take the oath of office.
Present to receive recognition were Achva Stein, FASLA, for the Community Service Award; William Flournoy Jr., FASLA, for the LaGasse Medal; James van Sweden, FASLA, for the Design Medal; the Honorable Kenneth Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, for the Olmsted Medal; Joseph Lalli, FASLA, representing EDSA for the Landscape Architecture Firm Award; and Edward L. Daugherty, FASLA, for the ASLA Medal.
John F. Collins, FASLA, recipient of the Jot D. Carpenter Medal, was unable to attend.
Jose Almiñana, FASLA, of Andropogon and Deb Guenther, ASLA, of Mithun received the 2010 President’s Medals, a personal recognition bestowed by the outgoing president. The medals were given in gratitude for their tireless work for the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a partnership among ASLA, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, Austin, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Following the presentation, the following new officers were installed:
- Susan Hatchell, FASLA, President-elect
- Edward Czyscon, ASLA, Vice President, Professional Practice
- Gregory Miller, ASLA, Vice President, Membership
- Vaughn Rinner, ASLA, Vice President, Finance
The evening ended with the installation of ASLA 2010–2011 President Jonathan Mueller, FASLA, who urged attendees to step up, speak up, and tell the profession’s story.
“Being storytellers does not come easy to us,” he said. “In my travels along the leadership and service path, the most difficult decision I had to make was when I resolved to find a voice.”
He pledged to help the profession do the same. “In the coming year, I hope to talk more with you all about the stories we can tell and the means by which we engage in a grand narrative about the profession’s importance.”